But my most important question is more philosophical and pragmatic. Here goes...
Why is it when discussing the imminent ZA, does every single person you speak with think they will survive? (We will survive as we're prepared, and I have my theories about why, so nah-nah!)
Speculatively, I'm very interested to comprehend why no one thinks they would be infected and they'll live to survive and fight off the zombies. This question appears to me to be utterly unsubstantiated.
Someone has to be patient zero in order for the virus to spread and consequentially become pandemic. The most viable answer is that it would spread, fairly quickly depending on the type of virus it will be. Its preposterous to think that if everyone assumes they won't be the one to get infected, then there wouldn't/ couldn't be any zombies, correct? No zombies, no ZA. But we know there will indeed be a ZA (right? c'mon save me someone!) so someone has to get infected. It will start with at least one person; patient zero.
Now we have both the philosophical and pragmatic question which is; who will patient zero be? (I have loads of people I hope it is just so I can justify whacking their bigoted, intolerant, ignorant heads off.) I have theories on that as well. (See how this obsession has seized my naturally logical and methodical thought processes? Yes I really do have both in spite of the presumed foolhardiness and unexpected turns my life has taken and continues to take very much on purpose. Serendipity rules!)
In all likelihood, it most probably would be determined to be a virus. As such, it I would figure its going to hit those who are weakest health-wise. The ill, terminal, elderly, perhaps even the very young having not developed all their immunities. Also health care workers, and those immune-suppressed. Think along the lines of what happened with West Nile Virus or SARS. To me, this is vitally important, as the sick, elderly, and very young will be infected first. Within the realms of possibility, unfortunately these would be the people that would be fairly easy to destroy in order for the virus to not continue to spread (assuming that there isn't a cure, which there never seems to be.) To put it brutally but precisely; these would be the people that would be rather easy to take out if they're already in such poor health, right? (Oh please agree, I'm tired of being a zombie killing mercenary in my dreams.) I know, huge holes in that theory. If its a virus, I doubt it will be airborne, I think it will be blood borne. Like in "28 Days Later" (omg, why do I watch these things?)
I have no holes for that theory. Nope not one I can think of. Consequentially this is why I've been convinced a ZA is imminent. So lets face it guys, we're all going to have to prepare for the coming ZA and if you're smart, you best start now! (And stay away from hospitals or medical testing facilities!)
I do fervently believe that people are our worst enemies during a disaster. Think back to any blackout we've had in NY and the first thing people do is loot. Sadly during any disaster of great proportions it will be difficult to decide who is enemy and who is foe. Again being prepared will help greatly. (Personally, unless I know you like family, I'm not taking chances. Off with your head.)
There is hope. I also believe that once we've gone through the initial outbreak, we will have learned what a zombie looks like, how to deal with them, and things will start to go back to normal after a few weeks.
One important thing to note is that firearms will be abundant. This is good and bad. Good as you'll have protection from becoming a brain-eating zombie, but bad if you mistake a regular person as a zombie and kill unnecessarily. I do believe -- with sadness -- that since there are so many firearms in NY, most everyone will be armed. A precaution would be to at least learn by going to a legitimate shooting range and becoming familiar with firearms since you may very well have to use one (even in the event of any disaster.) I don't believe in having guns. I think the only reason to have a gun is to use it. But my thinking is changing due to the unpredictability of humans as evidenced in previous disasters. Who knows, I may just decide to be one of those people training in the use of firearms; best to be safe than sorry... I suppose. My family is first and should I need to protect them I will, in whatever way I can. (Note to self: learn martial art... one that doesn't break old bones.) Not sure I'm at that point, though I can legally own a gun I'm terrified of one in the house especially with a teen, and more importantly afraid a friend of hers may get it in their head to "play", so a locked gun cabinet is a must, and something I suggest for anyone owning a firearm. (I grew up knowing exactly where my fathers rifles were -- still are for all I know -- unlocked I might add, and was thankfully terrified of them; will not allow my kid to grow knowing those things.) I suggest that for anyone considering this, its not an option -- a necessity; why tempt fate? Too many gun related deaths for no reason, and I refuse to contribute to that statistic.
Just to be on the safe side, I've got zombie decimating handled too. (;
ZA aside, it actually does make sense to prepare a disaster plan. There have been plenty of disasters where people panic and its bedlam. As mentioned above I legitimately do believe in most disaster situations it will be people you really have to be on tenterhooks about. Having a disaster plan helps to keep you calm, know what you need to do, where you need to go, how to get in touch with loved ones, etc., all in the face of something I hope we never have to face in our or our children's lives.
To make this a fashion/ lifestyle/ vintage post I'd like to leave you with the latest in Zombie Survival Chic. Please, if you're sensitive about wearing animal based product, cut to the end.
For survival chic, think leather. Leather jackets, and trousers. Sturdy leather work boots, engineer or motorcycle boots, steel toes. Leather is hard to ruin, a main reason that its used by motorcyclists. It will survive road rash with minimal damage. Of course leather in the heat isn't going to be very comfortable, but you can find lightweight leather as an alternative. The main thing is to keep yourself covered in some way so it would be harder for a zombie to get at you and infect you.
|Invest in a Schott Perfecto now, not only look great but it gets better with age and never goes out of style!|
Mainly when it comes to clothing, chic really has to go out the window and utility is most important. No reason army-navy supply shops can't provide you with clothing you can make your own with the addition of accessories. Just make sure they aren't accessories that can't be easily grabbed (like long hanging scarves.) I can think of one good accessory that is both chic and utilitarian: heavy rings. You could slash pretty good with a nice heavy ring, and at least it would buy you some time while still being able to show your individuality with your chic look. Don't forget those bullet belts! Very chic either as a belt or slung like a cross body bag. Of course also handy dandy when filled with ammo.
There is also something to be said for layering. If a zombie has you by a jacket, just take it off!
One important thing to remember if you live in clime that can get brutally cold is that fur and wool are you're best friends when there is little to no heat! Hit those thrift stores for all you'll need. I don't advocate buying new fur products when there is an abundance in thrift shops.)
With so many things to consider during the coming ZA, I seriously doubt you're going to be thinking about how chic you look. I know I'll be too worried about protecting myself and family from getting eaten!
Now go on the "Virtual Blogger Walk" and see what others have to say about zombies! Just "walk" through each link below.
PS Does anyone know where I can buy a tank and a helicopter? (I can drive -- and probably fly -- anything. I've driven just about any vehicle you can think of, so how hard could it be?)
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